Two ways of living

Psalm 1 The first Psalm speaks to us about two ways of living – the Lord’s way and the world’s way. Each of us must choose. When we choose God’s way, His blessing fills our lives. We must not turn away from Him, and lose out on His blessing. May God help us to keep …

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Come To Christ And Receive His "Mercy" And "Grace."

Psalms 69:1-36 David is going through ‘the deep waters’ of suffering. He prays to the Lord for deliverance from ‘the flood’ and ‘the deep’(14-15). He had sinned against the Lord. He does not try to hide this. He confesses his sin and guilt - ‘the wrongs that I have done are not hidden from You, …

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God Doesn’t Keep His Distance – And He Doesn’t Keep His Silence.

The Lord, our God, is “King of the whole earth. He rules the nations” (Psalm 46:10; Psalm 47:7-9). The Lord is great. He is “the great King” (Psalm 48:14). The Lord does not remain detached from us in isolated heavenly glory. He comes to us as the God of our salvation - “God will buy …

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Worship …

Psalm 17 1) Worship with sincerity (Psalm 17:1-5). 2) Worship the Saviour (Psalm 17:6-9). 3) Worship despite setbacks (Psalm 17:10-14). 4) Worship with satisfaction (Psalm 17:15). ----- 1) Worship with sincerity (Psalm 17:1-5). God calls us to be sincere. Without sincerity, we can never offer true worship to the Lord. We are not, however, at …

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The Lord’s people must not be afraid to stand up for Him …

Jeremiah 52:1-34; Titus 1:1-16; Psalm 119:105-112 The final chapter of Jeremiah speaks of the fall of Jerusalem, followed by captivity in Babylon. Difficulties face God’s people in every generation: “There are many rebellious people ... “ (Titus 1:10). The Lord’s people must not be afraid to stand up for Him (Titus 1:11). Whatever others may …

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We Have Been Redeemed. Let’s Give Thanks To The Lord.

Psalm 74:1-23 We have been ‘redeemed’. God has brought ‘salvation’ to us (2,12). We rejoice in the Old Testament story of salvation: ‘the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt’(Deuteronomy 7:8). Through Christ, we rejoice with a …

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“O Lord My God, I Will Give Thanks To You Forever.”

Psalm 30:1-12 ‘I will exalt You, O Lord’(Psalm 30:1). God is not exalted because we exalt Him. We exalt Him because He is exalted: ‘He is exalted, for ever exalted, and I will praise His Name’(Mission Praise,217). How do we come to the point where we say, ‘I will exalt You, O Lord’? We realize …

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God Sends ‘His Blessing’ When His People Gather Together For Worship.

Psalms 130:1-131:3 We are not to pray to God with superficial words that don’t mean very much to us. Our prayer is to be a real cry from the heart: ‘Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord’(130:1). We are to ‘cry for mercy’ with a deep awareness of how sinful we really …

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Beyond our salvation, there is God’s glory.

" ... O God of our salvation, For the glory of Your name ... provide atonement for our sins, For Your name’s sake!" (Psalm 79:9). Beyond our salvation, there is God's glory. When we think about Christ's atoning sacrifice for sin, we must not think only of the "for us" blessing - the forgiveness of our sins. We must also …

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Above and beyond our life on earth …

"Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,  which cannot be shaken but endures forever. 2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem,so the Lord surrounds his people both now and forevermore" (Psalm 125:1-2). Everything about our life on earth says to us, "Nothing lasts forever." When we lift up our eyes above and beyond our life on earth, we see something …

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God loves us with a faithful love, an everlasting love, a love that will not let us go.

Psalm 115:1-18 ‘Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to Your Name be the glory because of Your love and faithfulness’(Psalm 115:1). God loves us. He loves us with a faithful love, ‘an everlasting love’, a ‘love that will not let us go’. His love ‘never comes to an end’. Nothing can separate …

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Called to serve the Lord …

Third Sunday in Lent: Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-42 Called to serve the Lord, we begin with worship, praying and listening to His Word. Worldly people create problems (Exodus 17:3). Moses asks, ‘What shall I do...?’ (Exodus 17:4). Indecision asks, ‘Is the Lord among us or not?’ (Exodus 17:7). He gives victory …

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Prayer and the ministry of God’s Word …

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16 or Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32; Psalm 25:1-9; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32 Prayer and the ministry of God’s Word Worldly people create problems (Exodus 17:3). Moses asks, ‘What shall I do...?’ (Exodus 17:4). Indecision asks, ‘Is the Lord among us or not?’ (Exodus 17:7). He gives victory (Exodus …

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Come Alive In Christ And Let Your Heart Be Filled With Praise To Him.

Psalm 19:1-14 - God reveals Himself in creation and Scripture. He speaks through His created world. He speaks through His written Word. God is always speaking. He is never silent. Through His created world, God is speaking to us - every day, every night. He is showing us His glory (1-2). He makes us aware …

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All the days of my life … and forever …

"Abraham was a very old man, and God blessed him in every way" (Genesis 24:1). We read about Abraham. We think about ourselves, and we join, with the Psalmist, in saying, "Surely your goodness and love (or mercy) will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever" (Psalm 23:6). …

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By Your Power … Victory … Praise …. Give Thanks.

"By Your power You forced nations out of the land, but You planted our ancestors there. You shattered many groups of people, but You set our ancestors free. It was not with their swords that they took possession of the land. They did not gain victory with their own strength. It was Your right hand, Your arm, and the …

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The Story Of God’s Amazing Grace Is Worth Repeating Over And Over Again.

Psalm 106:1-48 We read here about sin and salvation. There is a very realistic description of Israel’s sin - ‘They soon forgot what He had done and did not wait for His counsel... They despised the pleasant land; they did not believe His promise... They grumbled in their tents and did not obey the Lord... …

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Plenty of reasons for rejoicing in the Lord …

The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice ... Rejoice in the Lord, you who are righteous, and praise his holy name" (Psalm 97:1,12). Psalm 97 begins and ends with joy - rejoicing in the Lord. True joy comes to us from the Lord. We think of who God is - the King of love. We …

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